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Reviewed September 4th, 2000 by John Randall


Tim Burton brings his unique style in this wonderful story of a put-together-man named Edward who was never “finished” – so he has scissors for hands.

Johnny Depp, the late great Vincent Price, Winnona Rider, Dianne Wiest, and even Anthony Michael Hall star in this simple story of how it feels to be an outsider.

Dianne Wiest fines Edward in an abandoned castle and takes him home with her. Edward learns a lot about families, people, anger and even love as he tries to pretend to be “normal”.

It’s been 10 years since this tale was on the screen and now Fox has released a pretty good DVD to put on your shelves.

The video is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen and is a pretty clean transfer for the most part and is even THX certified. There is not anything really wrong with the transfer but it does seem to be generally unsharp.

The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 4.0 (no 5.1 here unfortunately). The sound field pretty much stays at the front of the room on this one, but dialogue and score seem very clear.

Extras on the disc include audio commentary with Tim Burton, an isolated score in 2.0, a cool making-of featurette, cast interviews, a still gallery of conceptual artwork, trailers and TV spots.

The movie runs about an hour and a half and really does have Burton’s unique look to it.


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